Gone Girl remains lost at the UK top spot
For a second week, Gone Girl easily holds on to the top spot with £3,064,545 which now brings its gross to £9,827,252 in the UK alone.
The David Fincher thriller is doing particularly well considering that its 18 certificate makes it unavailable to a significant slice of regular cinemagoers and has become one of only eight 2014 releases to achieve two weekends at £3m+ at the UK box-office, the others being The Wolf of Wall Street, The Lego Movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Inbetweeners 2.
Adapted by Gillian Flynn, who wrote the 2012 novel of the same name, it stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, and Carrie Coon and the plot unfolds with a man (Affleck) seeing the spotlight turned on him when his wife’s (Pike) disappearance becomes the focus of an intense media circus and it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
The film opened the 52nd New York Film Festival, receiving high profile press coverage and early positive reviews.
American dystopian film The Maze Runner grabs second place with an opening gross of £2,041,229. Based on James Dashner’s 2009 young adult novel of the same name, the film is the first instalment in The Maze Runner film series and stars Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Will Poulter.
The story follows Thomas (O’Brien) who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he has been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth—all while establishing a functioning society in what they call The Glade.
The film received generally positive reviews as many critics considered the film better than most young adult book-to-film adaptations.
The Wall Street Journal said this is due to its “strong performances and a creepy, mysterious atmosphere.”
Narrowly missing out on second place is American supernatural horror, Annabelle, which brought in £1,939,963 on its opening weekend. It is a prequel and spin off from The Conjuring, which made £2.16m back in August 2013.
The plot follows a couple, who begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
Annabelle was met with generally negative reviews from film critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, “Annabelle borrows unabashedly from better horror films, content to leave viewers with a string of cheap jolts that fail to build on the far more effective The Conjuring.
Fourth place sees One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film enter with £1,021,527, being presented to audiences as a piece of event cinema, despite not being a live event.
It was a different strategy to the one used for last year’s One Direction: This Is Us, which enjoyed a full cinema release, staying in the top 10 for four weeks.
Falling to fifth place is dark action fantasy Dracula Untold which made £847,958 last weekend, marking its gross so far in the UK as £3,519,514 on its second weekend on release.
The film stars Luke Evans, who portrays the title character, with Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper and Samantha Barks in supporting roles. It steers away from the focus on Irish novelist Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula; the film creates an origin story for its title character, Count Dracula, by portraying the story of Vlad the Impaler, who uses dark powers to protect his family and kingdom.
Denzel Washington’s thriller The Equalizer falls to sixth place bringing in another £620,025 adding to its total in the UK of £5,558,555. Stop motion animation The Boxtrolls remains strong in seventh place on its fifth week on the charts as it made £576,772 bringing its total to £6,774,389. Eighth place sees British comedy What We Did on our Holiday which brought in £342,594 last weekend, to make a gross of £2,858,496 from cinema ticket sales in the UK so far.
Arriving in ninth place, Hugh Grant’s latest comedy The Rewrite debuted to £324,889. The film is a romantic comedy starring Grant as a washed-up screenwriter who begins teaching at a small college and Marisa Tomei as a single mother with whom the screenwriter finds romance. The Rewrite received mixed reviews from critics with The Hollywood Reporter stating, “[The film] was not ground-breaking as a romantic comedy but that it is a pleasant diversion for fans of the form.”
To round off the top ten is family drama Dolphin Tale 2, which made £292,472 on its second weekend on release. Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman, Juliana Harkavy, Austin Stowell and Austin Highsmith all reprise their roles from the first film while Lee Karlinsky, Julia Jordan, and Bethany Hamilton join the cast. The film has made a total of £919,605 so far.
Jack O’Connell’s new film a Belfast-set army thriller ’71 debuted at number 12 with £205,116.
Arriving on Friday is American science fiction action comedy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me, American drama The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall and British film Northern Soul which is set against the titular Northern English 70s soul scene.